Wednesday, 22 July 2015

OWL SLING BAG



OWL SLING BAG

I remember  my friend showing me an Owl bag and asking me if I’d like to make one like that and I said “Owl bag.. no way .. never”.. Guess just shows.. one shouldn’t never ever say never .. hahahaha

The net is filled with pictures of owl bags and more.. the Harry Potter influence (??). 
The recipient of this sling bag is an ardent animal lover plus a Harry Potter fan – so one needs to say no more.

Working off an earlier pattern for a cute tiny bag, adapted an owl into the works and made this one up. 

Materials used : Polyester purse yarn, about 1 cone, with a 3.25 mm crochet hook
Gauge : 5 sc (across) x 5 sc rows (high) = 1”
Size made :  6.5" (across) x 6.5" (high) 

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

How to line your bag : Check this link below

How to attach a zipper on your bag : Two self-explanatory links for you here http://www.liz-makes.com/2014/01/liz-makes-crocheted-clutch-with-zipper.html?m=1rochet

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                              sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                  ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                       sl-st : Slip stitch
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                            hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                             sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only
                                                           
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

A quick look at what we’re going to do here – so we’ll start at the bottom of the bag and then work in rounds up to the top of our bag.  Depending on how large you want your bag, you will continue increases.  You can also change colours as often as you want, but I’ll just pen in when I change mine, just in case you want to join me in my colourful creativity.

Round 1 : Start (Using blue) with a magic circle and 12 sc in that circle. Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 2 : sc in the 1st sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; 
* sc in the next sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till end.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 3 : sc in the 1st 2 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; 
* sc in the next 2 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till end.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 4 : sc in the 1st 3 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; 
* sc in the next 3 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till end.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 5 : sc in the 1st 4 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; 
* sc in the next 4 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 6 : sc in the 1st 5 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; 
* sc in the next 5 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

I changed colours at this point, going onto a nice bright pink J

Round 7 sc in the 1st 6 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; 
* sc in the next 6 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 8 : sc in the 1st 7 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; 
* sc in the next 7 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 9 : sc in the 1st  sc and in each sc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

I changed colours at this point, using purple. J

Round 10 : sc in the 1st 8 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; 
* sc in the next 8 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Now as I am happy with the base size here, I’m going to stop increases and start building up on my sides.  If you want a larger purse, please continue increases, and once done, come back to this round for continued instructions.

Round 11  : sc in the 1st  sc and in each sc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Rep Round 11 till your purse / project is of the 'height' you need.  Fasten off and weave in ends.


I changed to yellow after one repeat of Round 11 (so two rounds with the purple colour)

3 rounds of yellow and I went back to the purple till I got my purse to the length I wanted.  



Flap :
For the flap, first count the number of sts you have and place markers at the halfway points that will be the sides of your bag. 
Sc from one end of your bag to the other for one side between markers. Turn.

Sc 2-tog in the 1st 2 sc ; sc all the way to the last 2 sc and then sc-2 tog in the last 2 sc. Turn.

You will sc in each sc for these sts for about 5-6 rows in total (or till you feel that the flap folds over without a problem.  I find that just 2-3 rows does not allow me to fit in a zipper and neatly close the top, so I choose to do more)


Large googly owl eyes : (Make two)
Diameter : 3.25" (approx)

Unless you are using large googly ready-made eyes, join me for making ours up now.
We will use black for the centre and white all around.

Start (Using black) : with a magic circle and 6 sc in that circle.  Pull lightly to close, and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Continue with black till next color change informed.

Round 1 : 2 sc in each sc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. 

Round 2 : sc in the 1st sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; * sc in the next sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 3 : sc in the 1st 2 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; * sc in the next 2 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 4 : sc in the 1st 3 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; * sc in the next 3 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Note : If you want more white than black (or more white than mine has), then change to white yarn now.

Round 5 : sc in the 1st 4 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; * sc in the next 4 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Change to white.  Fasten off black.

Round 6 : sc in the 1st 5 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; * sc in the next 5 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 7 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 8 : sc in the 1st 6 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; * sc in the next 6 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 9 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Fasten off leave a long tail to attach eye(s).

Make one more large eye.  J



Attaching eyes :
Two ways to attach in our extra large eyes. 
1.       You could attach in the first eye to the top flap of your bag.  Then when making the second eye, you can sc attach the 2nd eye to the side of the 1st eye as you work that last 9th round
2.      Make both your eyes and then sew them on separately – deciding whether or not you want to attach them along the sides as well.  This you will do with an embroidery thread.


Nose :
Size : about 1.5" across top and 1.5" top to bottom

We will start at the lower part of the nose and work our way up to the top of the nose. 

Start (Using red) : with a 3 ch. Turn and 2 dc in the 1st ch.  Turn.
Row 1 : 2 sc in the 1st dc ; sc in the next dc ; 2 sc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 2 : sc in each dc till end.  Turn.

Row 3 : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 3 sc ; 2 sc in the last sc.  Turn.

Row 4 : sc in each dc till end.  Turn.

Row 5 - 7 : Rep Row 4.

If you want a longer nose, Rep Row 4 till you’re happy with the size.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing nose to the bottom of the eyes.


Bag strap :

I made a long fsc chain for my bag strap – nice thin and pretty durable.  You can either leave a long tail and then start on your fsc chain (so that you can use that tail to attach onto one side of the bag) and then leave a tail at the other end of the other attachment OR you can just attach after completion of the strap.  Length is totally variable and depends on whom you're making this for as well as the stretch of your yarn.
For Indian polyester yarn remember that it stretches a lot especially when using fsc.


Finishing :
1.       The eyes need to be attached in two places :- First to the flap and then to one another.  Information on how you want this done was given above
2.      Add a white line on either side of the eye to accentuate the black of eye.
3.      Nose needs to be attached to both eyes – in between. I feel that figuring out what magnet or press button you wish to use for your bag, and then working on the sizing of this nose works best.  Nose would be the perfect place for the button
4.      Attach the bag strap
5.      Line the bag (Instructions given at the top of blog)
6.      Attach a zipper (Instructions given at the top of blog)
7.      Attach the button

And toot-a-hoot.. we’re done !!

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Have a great day and see you soon. J

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